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I was not guilty, says Sreesanth

cricket Updated: Oct 08, 2009 00:49 IST
G Krishnan
G Krishnan
Hindustan Times
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Kerala’s new Ranji Trophy captain and India speedster S Sreesanth has more than one dream. He wants to play longer for India, be India’s best ever cricketer, take 100 wickets each in Tests, ODIs and T20. Currently, he is 50, 41 and 93 short of his immediate goals, respectively.

The 26-year-old says his stint with English county side Warwickshire where he played five first matches and took 13 wickets has transformed him. He assures that he will not abuse batsmen on the field of play. “If it is a good shot, I will tell the batsman ‘well played’ and if I get a wicket with a beauty, I will tell the batsman, ‘Sorry, mate’.”

Still ‘not guilty’ for the Level II offence during the Irani Cup four days ago, Sreesanth is adamant he did not abuse Dhawal Kulkarni and was polite to him.

“It (the incident) was an eye opener for me and I had a point or two to learn from it.”

“I have begun to realise from the IPL 2009 what is right and what is wrong. Earlier, I was interested in gossip. If people were talking in a group, I used to wonder if they were talking about me. I have learnt to switch off and switch on during a game from Rahul Dravid,” he said.